Black Security Guard Who Peacefully Defused Hostage Situation Gets Shot Dead By Cops (VIDEO)
Just days before Christmas, private security guard Bobby Daniels was shot dead by Douglas County police in Atlanta, Georgia — for making sure that no one got hurt during a hostage situation involving his mentally unstable son.
Daniels, a Navy veteran and security guard for CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, had received word from loved ones that his 25-year-old son Bias was having a terrible emotional breakdown and was holding another security guard at gunpoint. Daniels didn’t hesitate to intervene, and after some time, he was able to get his son to put the gun down and place it on the hood of a car. No force was used — just Daniels’ persuasion and de-escalation skills.
Everything seemed to be under control until Douglas County deputies arrived at the scene and fatally shot Daniels — making him one of the 960 plus victims of police violence this year.
The Daniels family was devastated, but to make matters worse, the police department is insisting the December 21 incident was Daniels’ fault, despite telling contradictory stories that don’t match up with what witnesses described. Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller claimed that Daniels had actually provoked the officers with the gun:
“I think that he could have been trying to help the situation instead of hurting it, but when he pointed the gun at the officers, he was shot.
There’s no doubt in my mind that my officer thought his life was in danger, and he did what he thought he had to do.”
Yet another account by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation states that Daniels and his son were struggling for the gun and that one of the officers tried to use a taser on Bias. The GBI said: “As the fight continued between Bias and Bobby, the handgun was pointed at the deputies, at which point one of the deputy [sic]fired, striking and killing Bobby.”
However, Daniels’ nephew Garret was a witness to the event and said that Daniels “tried to slap the gun off the car,” which might have caused officers to think “he was trying to grab the gun probably to shoot them, but no he really wasn’t…. He was trying to protect [Bias]. That’s all he was trying to do.”
Although the officers’ concerns might have been valid over that account, no one can explain why it differs so much from the GBI account that claimed Daniels and his son had struggled over the gun. Chris Stewart, the attorney for the Daniels family, maintains that Daniels didn’t do anything to cause officers to respond with gun violence:
“At no point did [Bobby] touch the weapon, but for some reason the officer shot. What they should know is that they killed a victim. Bobby didn’t want anyone to be shot; he was trying to protect his son and the officers.”
“Bobby Daniels is a veteran of the U.S. military. He is a father of five, married, a great man and the last person that would ever point a gun at an officer.”
In the press conference footage below, Daniels’ grieving wife insists that Daniels “would never ever take a gun and point it at an officer.”
It’s truly disheartening to know that a peaceful security guard risked his life to be the first responder to a hostage situation and successfully defused it without anyone being hurt, only to be killed seconds later by police officers who only know how to fight possible violence with more violence.
As for the Daniels family, they spent their Christmas holiday planning Daniels’ funeral and prepping for the lawsuit against Douglas County police department. Stewart said:
“We want them to acknowledge the truth. Mistakes happen. They shot Bobby, and he shouldn’t have been shot. Acknowledge that. But don’t tell this family who is grieving that this man picked up a gun and pointed it at the officers. It’s just disrespectful.”
Featured image is a screenshot